Last week, Kirk Franklin reignited a national conversation about the treatment, or rather the mistreatment, of gay people in the Black church and offered an apology to the LGBT community for the homophobia they’ve experienced from Christians. Now, it looks like fellow gospel star Erica Campbell is keeping the conversation going as she recently shared her thoughts on the LGBT community in the church.
In a recent interview with TeamCurtains.com, Campbell was asked how she feels about gay and transsexual people living openly in gospel and in the church.
“I believe sin is sin and it exists and God forgives it just like everything else. I think our responsibility is to keep singing about Jesus. Keep telling the world he loves, saves, transforms and heals. I know there’s a lot of different conversations about the origins and the why’s and the how’s and I wish I had the answers to it, but I do not,” she said. “But what I do know is that the Bible says that God so loved the world — it didn’t say the heterosexual or the homosexual; it didn’t say the Christian, the saved or the unsaved. It said for God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever should believe in him should not parish but have everlasting life. So that’s the only thing I can stay confident in. I rest on the word of God. I stand on the word of God. And we will all stand before him. And God won’t ask me my opinion. He won’t ask the people their opinion. We’ll have a one-on-one with the father.”
Campbell then advised churchgoers not to be judgmental when it comes to who walks through the church’s doors.
“Keep sharing, keep loving, keep opening the doors of our churches, keep embracing and let God do the changing,” Campbell said. “I think a lot of times we try to be God. We try to make the change. Everybody has an issue. Sometimes peoples [issue] is a little more flamboyant than others. Maybe yours is lying and we can’t see your issue. We all have something to work on. My job is to love, not to judge.”